Christian König is the future one "EKM pop cantor" and will coach church bands and choirs for modern rhythms.

Church services often have a reputation for being old-fashioned and antiquated. Now the Evangelical Church in Central Germany (EKM) wants to upgrade them with pop music.

Erfurt/Magdeburg – With well done pop music the Evangelical Church in Central Germany (EKM) would like to give their services new impetus.

Christian König is the future “EKM pop cantor” and will coach church bands and choirs for modern rhythms. © Tobias Egle/Evangelical Church in Central Germany/dpa

The Evangelical Church in Central Germany (EKM) would like to give their services new impetus with well-done pop music.

As part of the pop initiative of the state church, the training and further education of church musicians in Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia for modern rhythms as well as coaching for church bands and choirs are planned, said the future EKM pop cantor Christian König on Friday.

“It’s not about suppressing everything,” said the 45-year-old from Eisenach. “‘God, we praise you’ will probably always exist. It’s more about expanding the spectrum – and above all helping modern music to sound more professional in churches.”

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Well-intentioned loosening up of the services with the help of new music often fails because the cantors lack the experience of playing “a piece that sounds funky or blues”.

Through his training, pop music should now become a full and euphonious part. This sometimes also includes tutoring in sound reinforcement technology for bands who have problems with their microphones in the large church rooms.

When König speaks of pop music, he means gospel and jazz as well as rock, hip-hop and heavy metal.

Despite his future office in Erfurt, König wants to be on the road across the two federal states from September for fast church services.

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